Airport to Get SkyWest, Flying Under United Express Banner, Flying Jets Daily to Chicago, Washington

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on July 13, 2017 via

The Benedum Airport Authority has endorsed SkyWest Airlines’ Essential Air Service proposal for daily flights to both Washington Dulles (IAD) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD) operating under the United Express designation. The proposal calls for a total of 12 weekly departures to the hubs of Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare on a Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ) 50-seat aircraft operated by one of the most reliable regional jet operators in the country.
“All of the proposals submitted to the Department of Transportation were astounding. However, SkyWest’s proposal couples two large hubs, one in the East and one in the West, with a regional jet aircraft operated by a carrier with an outstanding operational record and reputation,” said Ron Watson, Benedum Authority Chair. “We look forward to the DOT’s decision and urge them to consider SkyWest’s proposal for our community.” 
Headquartered in St. George, Utah, SkyWest operates in partnership with the world’s largest network carriers including United Airlines.  If selected, SkyWest service at the North Central West Virginia Airport will be marketed as United Express providing full access to the United network including baggage transfers and seamless bookings.
"The DOT has requested all comments be submitted prior to July 25th to facilitate an expedient selection of a new carrier at CKB," said Rick Rock, Airport Director of the North Central West Virginia Airport. "We are confident the public, especially the business community, will embrace SkyWest' s proposal if selected given the hub options and jet aircraft provided. It's an exciting time for all of North Central West Virginia."
Although an exact starting date is not official, Rock is hoping for November 1. 

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